LINE EXTENSION POLICY

LINE EXTENSION POLICY

LINE EXTENSION POLICY

PURPOSE:

To ensure a balance between fairness to existing Members and fairness to prospective Members desiring the extension of service.

 

POLICY:

Roanoke Electric Cooperative (the “Cooperative”) will make service available to the largest practical number of

Applicants within its service area. The overall feasibility of each individual extension must be considered to keep the Cooperative on sound financial footing. Line extension charges may be required to provide reasonable assurance of adequate revenues to amortize the Cooperative’s investment, operating and maintenance costs. Factors evaluated will include the amount of new investment, associated operating and maintenance costs in comparison to the Applicant’s power requirements, the anticipated duration of service (i.e., whether permanent, uncertain or short-term), and the Applicant’s financial abilities. Accordingly, the Cooperative reserves the right to alter the provisions of this Line Extension Policy (“Policy”) if, in the sole judgment of the Cooperative’s management and/or Board of Directors, such alterations are deemed necessary.

 

A. Definitions

 

1.   Point of Delivery – Except as may be otherwise provided by written agreement between the Cooperative and the Applicant for services covered by this Policy (“Applicant”), the point of delivery for overhead service shall be at the point the Applicant’s and/or Member’s service entrance conductors are connected to the Cooperative’s service drop conductors or the low voltage terminals of the transformer.

 

2.   Plat or Survey – Throughout this policy the reference to a plat or survey means one printed copy of a properly surveyed and recorded plat/drawing of the subdivision/park plus an electronic copy of that same drawing in AutoCAD® format (.dwg).

 

3.   Subdivision – For the purposes of this policy a subdivision is defined as a collection of lots or parcels to be developed that does not have power immediately available to each lot, and primary power lines will need to be constructed in order to serve the new customers that occupy those lots. Where lots or parcels are to be developed along roads that currently have existing primary power lines the requirements for subdivisions will not apply.

 

4.   Enduring, permanent-type dwelling/home – An enduring, permanent-type dwelling/home shall be on property owned or mortgaged by the Applicant and shall: have potable water under pressure into the dwelling with permanent type plumbing, have an appropriate permanent sanitary waste system, and be accessible by an all-weather road.

 

B. General Provisions

 

1.   Member Weatherhead – The service head must be installed at a point acceptable to the Cooperative and located so that the service drop wires will not interfere with fire escapes, windows, shutters, doors or other parts of the building and will not be readily accessible to persons at windows, doors, etc.

 

2.   Point of Attachment – The Point of Attachment of a service drop to a building shall, unless otherwise permitted by the Cooperative in writing, be between 15 and 25 feet above ground. The Point of Attachment shall be at a height to permit the service drop to be installed with a minimum clearance of 18 feet over public roads, streets or alleys, 15 feet over private driveways and 10 feet over space accessible to pedestrians only.   A clearance of two feet shall be maintained from communication wires. The Normal Point of Attachment for overhead service to residential customers shall be on the outside wall of the end of the building nearest to the source of the Cooperative’s facilities entering the Member’s premises. For underground electric service to residential Members, the Normal Point of Attachment shall be on the outside wall of the end of the building or the nearest convenient point on the outside of the front or back wall adjacent to the end of the building nearest the source of the Cooperative’s facilities entering the Member’s premises. The Normal Point of Attachment for all other customers shall be at a location designated by the Cooperative.

 

3.   Location of Meter Base – The meter base (when required) shall be installed by the Member or the Member’s electrical contractor. The meter base shall be installed at a location acceptable to the Cooperative and shall allow the Cooperative reasonable access to the meter at all times. Where there will be multiple meter bases such as an apartment building, condominium, communications tower, etc. gang meter bases shall be utilized to the extent possible. The horizontal centerline of the meter base shall be located at a height not less than 4 feet, and not more than 6 feet.

 

4.   Support for Conductors – The Member shall provide and maintain a safe support for the Cooperative’s service wires and in no case will the Cooperative be responsible for the condition of any Member’s building to which the wires are attached. Ranch type houses or buildings having a low roof may require an extension support above the roof in order to provide the necessary clearances. Where steel conduit is used for the extension support, it shall have a minimum diameter of 2 ½ inches and shall not extend over 4 feet above the roof. Where meter poles are used, the minimum pole diameter shall be 6 inches. The pole shall be at least 20 feet in length with 15 feet above ground. Four by four posts shall not be allowed whether braced or not.

 

5.   Service at Primary Voltage – If a Member desires to take service at primary voltage, all substation structures and or vaults and all substation electrical equipment shall be installed, owned and maintained by the Member unless special written arrangements are made with the Cooperative. All equipment shall comply in all respects with the National Electrical Code, National Electric Safety Code and Cooperative specifications.

 

6.   Standby Service – The electric service of the Cooperative shall not be used as reserve or standby service or in any other way in conjunction with any other source of power without the Cooperative’s written consent. Where an emergency source of supply is provided by the Member, parallel operation of the Member’s generating equipment with the Cooperative’s system will not be allowed except where the Member entered into a written contract with the Cooperative for load reduction purposes. A double throw switch must be used to prevent possible injury to the Cooperative’s workers by making it impossible for power to be fed back into the main line from the emergency generator.

 

7.   Right to Install Equipment – The Cooperative has the right install poles, lines, transformers or other equipment on the Member’s property, and to locate a delivery point and meter thereon, as the Cooperative deems appropriate, considering without limitation the cost of construction, adequacy of electric service, and aesthetic appearance.

 

8.   Plats and Surveys required – In Mobile Home Parks or Subdivisions, the Member or Applicant shall provide to the Cooperative one printed copy of a properly surveyed and recorded plat/drawing of the subdivision plus an electronic copy in AutoCAD® format (.dwg).

9.   Damage Caused byConstruction – The Member will sign an agreement absolving the Cooperative from responsibility for damage to shrubs, trees, grass and underground pipes, lines, structures or objects not specifically located and properly marked by the Member prior to the beginning of construction.

 

10.   Right of Way Easements – The Applicant will furnish, without cost to the Cooperative,

necessary easements and rights of way across Applicant’s property for the supply of electric service to the Applicant and the Cooperative’s Members.

 

11.   Additional Charges – Additional charges may be applied to Member as a contribution in aid of construction to cover extraordinary expenses including, by way of example, permits or condemnation expenses. Where applicable, the Cooperative’s legal expenses will be included in said charges. Generally, estimated costs will be required in advance, with an adjustment to reflect actual cost when such cost becomes known. A Member may be required to sign an agreement to reimburse the Cooperative for any and all such expenses in advance of the cooperative incurring any such extraordinary expenses or in advance of initiating any condemnation or other similar proceedings.

 

12.   Contributions, Fees and Charges – No payment made by an Applicant or a Member as a contribution in aid of construction, service fee, or facilities charge shall entitle said Applicant or Member to ownership rights, rights of exclusive use, rights to restrict access by the Cooperative employees in the performance of their duties, the right to alter the Cooperative’s electric facilities, or the right to hinder the Cooperative from serving other Members via those electric facilities, except as may be otherwise provided by written agreement between the Cooperative and Applicant.

 

13.   Payments – The Cooperative reserves the right to collect any line extension payments under this Plan before installation of the facilities begins. In the Cooperative’s sole discretion, payments may be paid in up to six equal installments included as a part of the Member’s first six monthly electric service bills.

The Member may be allowed to perform certain tasks in order to reduce the Member payment obligations to the Cooperative, provided the Cooperative determines that the Member’s work will not reduce the installation quality and maintenance of the facilities to be installed and such work is inspected by the Cooperative and deemed acceptable. Such tasks include trenching, right of way clearing for overhead facilities, rock removal, and cutting and replacing pavement and other obstructions that would impede the Cooperative from using normal construction materials and equipment. When the Member elects to perform such work, the Member shall be solely responsible for obtaining all necessary permits, consulting with the Cooperative to ensure the work complies with Cooperative requirements, and complying with all state, federal, and local laws and regulations.

 

14.   Idle Facilities –If a line is removed and service is required back at the location at a later date, service can be provided in accordance with the extension policy in effect at the time that the request to have service reinstalled is made.

 

 

C. Overhead Line Extensions

1.   Extensions  of  a  Temporary  Nature  or  to  Temporary  –  Standard  overhead extensions to serve temporary Members will be made only if the Applicant pays the total estimated cost of installing and removing all electric facilities required for such service. Fees for single phase temporary service for construction purposes, which will result in a permanent service location, will not be charged when such extension requires no more than a transformer, 75 feet of service drop and meter.

 

2.   Extensions to Private Use Residential and Other Non-Commercial Loads

 

a.   Individual (i.e. single family) Residential Dwellings – Standard single phase overhead extensions to serve an individual residence constructed so as to be an enduring, permanent-type dwelling/home will be made at no cost to the Applicant, provided the construction does not require a plant investment of more than two spans of primary conductor (up to two poles maximum), transformer, service drop and meter. An enduring, permanent-type dwelling/home shall be on property owned or mortgaged by the Applicant, which shall have potable water under pressure into the dwelling with permanent type-plumbing, an appropriate permanent sanitary waste system, and shall be accessible by an all-weather road.

    In the event the service extension requires more than two spans, an estimated cost of construction beyond two spans shall be paid by the Applicant as a contribution in aid of construction. Unless payment arrangements have been approved by the cooperative, any such contribution in aid of construction must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities. In cases where the Applicant can show reasonable proof that there will be additional customers served by the facilities required to serve the Applicant, the Cooperative will consider these additional customers in calculating the contribution in aid of construction.

    The Member shall supply and own the service conductors for service entrances over 400 amps. Residences that require three-phase service shall be treated as commercial installations as specified in Paragraph 3(d.) below.

 

b.   Miscellaneous Non-Commercial Loads (e.g., outbuildings, pumps, etc. used for non-business purposes) - Standard single phase overhead extensions to serve loads associated with a residence, or a non-commercial structure that does not meet the definition of an enduring, permanent type dwelling in Paragraph 2a or any other load of a non-commercial nature, including without limitation shops, pumps, outbuildings and other similar service purposes will be made at no cost to the Applicant provided the construction does not require a plant investment of more than a transformer, service drop and meter. In the event that a plant investment of more than a transformer, service drop and meter is required, the Applicant shall be required to pay a contribution in aid of construction, which must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities.

 

c.   Seasonal Non-Commercial Loads – Standard overhead single phase temporary service for seasonal service to non-commercial Members will not be charged when such extension requires no more than a transformer, 75 feet of service drop and meter. In the event that the service extension requires more than a transformer, 75 feet of service drop and meter, the Applicant shall be required to pay a contribution in aid of construction, which must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities.

 

3.   Extensions to Loads of a Commercial Nature (including residential developments for resale or rent)

 

a.   Mobile Home Parks or Subdivisions - Standard overhead extensions to serve mobile home parks or subdivisions require a contribution in aid of construction by the owner and/or developer. The contribution in aid of construction will be sufficient to include the estimated initial investment less $2,000.00 for each mobile home to be located in the park or subdivision. An acceptable plat or survey as defined above must be submitted by the owner or developer, from which the Cooperative will develop electric service plans, determine estimated costs, and prepare contractual requirements as applicable. In order to assure recovery of its investment, the Cooperative may require, in its sole judgment, sufficient evidence of the developer’s intent and ability to complete the project, including but not limited to, evidence of the final receipt of any and all necessary governmental approvals prior to construction of electric facilities.

 

b.   Subdivision for Residential Dwellings - Standard overhead extension to residential subdivisions with restrictions for developing enduring, permanent-type homes will be made only where an acceptable plat or survey as defined above is provided by the owner and/or developer. A blanket subdivision easement suitable for recordation must be executed by the owner prior to sale of any individual lots. In order to assure recovery of its investment, the Cooperative may require, in its sole judgment, sufficient evidence of the developer’s intent and ability to complete the project, including but not limited to evidence of the final receipt of any and all necessary governmental approvals prior to construction of any electric facilities. The estimated costs of new construction less $2,000.00 for each dwelling to be located in the development shall be paid by the owner/developer as a contribution in aid of construction prior to construction of any electric facilities. The development cost will include new electric distribution facilities inside and outside the development required to provide (primary and secondary) service to each lot of record in the subdivision. Additionally, improvements required to increase the capacity of the existing distribution system outside the development will be paid by the Cooperative so long as those system improvements do not exceed $100,000. If the expenses for such improvements outside the development exceed $100,000 the Cooperative will determine the required contribution in aid of construction, taking into consideration the following:

  • Existing density in the area of the development;
  • Projected growth outside the development;
  • Existing needs for system improvements in the area;
  • Likelihood of timely development within the proposed subdivision;
  • Creditworthiness of the developer; and
  • Willingness and ability of the developer to provide any requested surety.

 

c.   Land Developments – Standard overhead extensions to serve large scale commercial and/or recreational developments require special approval and must be submitted on an acceptable plat or survey as defined above. The Cooperative will develop electric service plans, determine estimated extension costs and any contribution in aid of construction, and prepare contractual arrangements as applicable. Any contribution in aid of construction must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities. In order to assure recovery of its investment, the Cooperative may require, in its sole judgment, sufficient evidence of the developer’s intent and ability to complete the project, including but not limited to evidence of the final receipt of any and all necessary governmental approvals prior to construction of electric facilities.

 

d.   Commercial and Industrial Members - Standard overhead extensions to commercial and industrial Members will be considered individually and appropriate contractual arrangements made if required. The Applicant will be responsible for providing specific information, including without limitation, business identification/address (including corporate information), nature of business operation, connected electrical loads, operating service characteristics (i.e., desired operating voltage, phase configuration, hours of operation/production, etc.), main service panel data, and point of delivery location. The Cooperative will estimate all costs of construction and applicable operating and maintenance expenses to determine contractual arrangements necessary to recover such costs within a five (5) year contract period (or shorter period for loads not expected to be in place for five (5) years). In making such calculations, the expense for transformers and any other equipment that, in the Cooperative’s judgment, could be utilized at other locations will be prorated according to its expected life. Any contribution in aid of construction to be paid by the Applicant must be paid prior to placement of any order of materials and construction of any electric facilities by the Cooperative. The Applicant must grant an easement to the Cooperative providing for the location, protection and maintenance of electric facilities. All Applicants whose demand requirements exceed five hundred (500) kilowatts will be required to execute an Industrial Power Contract in a form acceptable to the Cooperative; provided, however, the Cooperative may, in its sole discretion, require contracts for Applicants whose demand requirements are less than five hundred (500) kilowatts.

 

e.   Apartments, Condominiums & Multiple Housing Units – Standard overhead extensions to serve apartments, condominiums and other multiple housing units will be made at no cost to the owner and/or developer provided the estimated cost of construction does not exceed $1,000 times the number of individual housing units. When the extension cost exceeds $1,000 per unit, a contribution in aid of construction will be charged which will include the estimated initial investment of the facility cost exceeding the $1,000 per unit allowance. When applicable, the contribution in aid of construction must be paid prior to construction of electric facilities.

 

f.   Commercial Seasonal Service – Single or three phase overhead extensions for seasonal service to commercial Members will not be charged when such extension requires no more than transformer, service drop and meter and the load will not exceed twenty five (25) kilowatts in demand. In the event the service extension requires more than transformer, service drop and meter, an estimated cost of construction shall be paid by the Applicant as a contribution in aid of construction, and must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities. Loads of more than twenty five (25) kilowatts are considered Commercial and Industrial and service will be provided as in 3(d) above.

 

4.   Non-Standard Service – Extension requests for a non-standard service will require advance notice to and consent from the Cooperative regarding the form and type of service needed. Before proceeding with the purchase of equipment or wiring in such cases, the Applicant should contact the Cooperative. The Cooperative will furnish information in writing on the character of service available, location of the Cooperative’s power lines, and the Cooperative’s ability to meet special requirements. Nothing herein contained shall obligate the Cooperative to provide such special service.

 

5.   Security Lighting – Security lights are available to both residential and non-residential Members for a flat monthly rental fee based on fixture and wattage. Members requesting security lighting service will be required to sign a twelve (12) month service contract. Security lighting will only be installed at locations where low voltage service exists. Special security lighting requests will be considered individually with Applicants responsible for such contracts and additional charges as may be required to provide recovery of investment and anticipated operating and maintenance costs.

 

D. Underground Line Extensions

 

1.   Extensions of a Temporary Nature or to Temporary Members – Standard underground extensions to serve temporary Members will be made only if the Applicant pays the total estimated cost of installing and removing all electric facilities required for such service. Single phase temporary service for construction purposes, which will result in a permanent service location, will be provided only when it can be serviced from an existing pad-mounted transformer. Customers shall not be charged when such extension requires no more than 15 feet of service drop and meter.

 

2.   Extensions to Private Use Residential and Other Non-Commercial Loads

 

a.   Individual (i.e. single family) Residential Dwellings – Standard single phase underground extensions to serve an individual residence constructed so as to be an enduring, permanent-type dwelling/home will be made at no cost to the Applicant, provided the construction does not require a plant investment of more than two hundred and fifty (250) feet of primary conductor, transformer, service drop and meter. An enduring, permanent-type dwelling/home shall be on property owned or mortgaged by the Applicant and shall have potable water under pressure into the dwelling with permanent type plumbing, an appropriate permanent sanitary waste system, and be accessible by an all-weather road.

   In the event that the service extension requires more than two hundred and fifty (250) feet of primary conductor, transformer, service drop and meter, an estimated cost of construction shall be paid by the Applicant as a contribution in aid of construction, and must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities. The Member shall supply and own the service conductors for service entrances over 400 amps. Residences that require three-phase service shall be treated as commercial installations as specified in Paragraph 3(d.) below.

 

b.   Miscellaneous Non-Commercial Loads (e.g. outbuildings, pumps, etc. used for non- business purposes) - Standard single phase underground extensions to serve loads associated with a residence, or a non-commercial structure that does not meet the definition of an enduring, permanent type dwelling in Paragraph 2(a.) or any other load of a non-commercial nature, including without limitation shops, pumps, outbuildings and other similar service purposes, will be made at no cost to the Applicant, provided the construction does not require a plant investment of more than a transformer, service drop and meter. In the event that a plant investment of more than a transformer, service drop and meter is required, an estimated cost of construction above the cost to provide service shall be paid by the Applicant as a contribution in aid of construction, which must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities.

 

c.   Seasonal Non-Commercial Loads - Single phase standard underground temporary service for seasonal service to non-commercial Members will not be charged when such extension requires no more than a transformer, 75 feet of service drop and meter. In the event that the service extension requires more than a transformer, 75 feet of service drop and meter, an estimated cost of construction shall be paid by the Applicant as a contribution in aid of construction, and must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities.

 

3.   Extensions to Loads of a Commercial Nature (including residential developments for resale or rent)

 

a.   Mobile Home Parks or Subdivisions - Standard underground extensions to serve mobile home parks or subdivisions require a contribution in aid of construction by the owner and/or developer. The contribution in aid of construction will be sufficient to include the estimated initial investment less $2,000.00 for each mobile home to be located in the park or subdivision. An acceptable plat or survey as defined above must be submitted by the owner or developer, from which the Cooperative will develop electric service plans, determine estimated costs, and prepare any required documents. In order to assure recovery of its investment, the Cooperative may require, in its sole judgment, sufficient evidence of the developer’s intent and ability to complete the project, including but not limited to, evidence of the final receipt of any and all necessary governmental approvals prior to construction of electric facilities.

 

b.   Subdivision for Residential Dwellings - Standard underground extensions serving residential subdivisions with restrictions for developing enduring, permanent-type homes will be made only where an acceptable plat or survey as defined above is provided by the owner and/or developer. A blanket subdivision easement suitable for recordation must be executed by the owner prior to sale of any individual lots. In order to assure recovery of its investment, the Cooperative may require, in its sole judgment, sufficient evidence of the developer’s intent and ability to complete the project, including but not limited to evidence of the final receipt of any and all necessary governmental approvals prior to construction of any electric facilities. The estimated costs of new construction less $2000.00 for each dwelling to be located in the development shall be paid by the owner/developer as a contribution in aid of construction prior to construction of any electric facilities. The development cost will include new electric distribution facilities inside and outside the development required to provide service to each lot of record in the subdivision. Additionally, improvements required to increase the capacity of the existing distribution system outside the development will be paid by the Cooperative so long as those system improvements do not exceed $100,000. If the expenses for such improvements outside the development exceed $100,000 the Cooperative will consider approval of the required contribution in aid of construction, taking into consideration the following:

  • Existing density in the area of the development;
  • Projected growth outside the development;
  • Existing needs for system improvements in the area;
  • Likelihood of timely development within the proposed subdivision;
  • Creditworthiness of the developer; and
  • Willingness and ability of the developer to provide the Cooperative requested surety, if any.

 

c.   Land Developments – Standard underground extensions to serve large scale commercial and/or recreational developments require special approval and  must be submitted on  an acceptable plat or survey as defined above. The Cooperative will develop electric service plans, determine estimated extension costs and any contribution in aid of construction and prepare contractual arrangements as applicable. Any contribution in aid of construction must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities. In order to assure recovery of its investment, the Cooperative may require, in its sole judgment, sufficient evidence of the developer’s intent and ability to complete the project, including but not limited to evidence of the final receipt of any and all necessary governmental approvals prior to construction of electric facilities.

 

d.   Commercial and Industrial Members - Standard underground extensions to commercial and industrial Members will be considered individually, and appropriate contractual arrangements will be required. The Applicant will be responsible for providing specific information, including without limitation, business identification/address (including corporate information), nature of business operation, connected electrical loads, operating service characteristics (i.e., desired operating voltage, phase configuration, hours of operation/production, etc.), main service panel data, and point of delivery location. The Cooperative will estimate all costs of construction and applicable operating and maintenance expenses to determine contractual arrangements necessary to recover such costs within a five (5) year contract period (or shorter period for loads not expected to be in place for five (5) years). In making such calculations, the expense for transformers and any other equipment that, in the Cooperative’s judgment, could be utilized at other locations will be prorated according to its expected life. Any required contribution in aid of construction to be paid by the Applicant must be paid prior to placement of any order of materials and construction of any electric facilities by the Cooperative. The Applicant must grant to the Cooperative an easement providing for the location, protection and maintaining of electric facilities. Execution of Industrial Power Contracts will be required on all Applicants whose demand requirements exceed five hundred (500) kilowatts; further, the  Cooperative may require contracts for Applicants whose demand requirements are less than five hundred (500) kilowatts.

 

e.   Apartments, Condominiums & Multiple Housing Units – Standard underground extensions to serve apartments, condominiums, and other multiple housing units will be made at no cost to the owner and/or developer, provided the estimated cost of construction does not exceed $1,000.00 times the number of individual housing units. When the extension cost exceeds $1,000 per unit, a contribution in aid of construction will be charged, which will include the estimated initial investment of the facility cost exceeding the $1,000 per unit allowance. When applicable, the contribution in aid of construction must be paid prior to construction of electric facilities.

 

f.   Commercial Seasonal Service – Fees for standard single or three phase underground extensions for seasonal service to commercial Members will not be charged when such extension requires no more than transformer, service drop and meter and the load will not exceed twenty five (25) kilowatts in demand. In the event that the service extension requires more than transformer, service drop and meter, an estimated cost of construction shall be paid by the Applicant as a contribution in aid of construction, and must be paid prior to construction of any electric facilities. Loads of more than twenty five (25) kilowatts are considered Commercial and Industrial, and service will be provided as in 3(d.) above.

 

4.   Conversion from Overhead to Underground Service – When a Member requests the Cooperative replace an existing overhead line with underground lines, such work will be completed in accordance with the following:

 

a.   The Member must pay a contribution in aid of construction for the installation of underground facilities in an amount equal to the estimated cost of the facilities to be installed.

b.   The Member must pay an amount in contribution in aid of construction amounting to the depreciated original cost of any existing overhead facilities, plus the estimated cost of removing such facilities. If the Member is adding load such that the Cooperative’s existing facilities are no longer adequate then these removal costs will be waived.

 

5.   Non-Standard Service – Extension requests of a non-standard underground service nature will require conferring in advance with the Cooperative regarding the form and type of service needed. Before the Applicant proceeds with the purchase of equipment or wiring in such cases, said Applicant should contact the Cooperative. The Cooperative will furnish information in writing on the character of service available, location of the Cooperative’s power lines, and the Cooperative’s ability to meet special requirements. Nothing herein contained shall obligate the Cooperative to provide such special service.

 

6.   Security Lighting – In addition to other fees and requirements, Members requesting underground service to security lighting will be required to pay a contribution in aid of construction of $75 for the first 150 feet (or any portion thereof) of cable necessary to serve said security light. For each foot in excess of 150 feet the Member will pay an additional $.75 per foot up to a maximum of 300 feet for residential Members. In the event the 300 feet maximum distance is exceeded, the required contribution in aid of construction will be calculated in a manner determined in the sole discretion of the Cooperative. Security lighting will only be installed at locations where low voltage service exists. Special security lighting requests will be considered individually with Applicants responsible for such contracts and additional charges as may be required to provide recovery of investment and anticipated operating and maintenance costs.

 

E. Abnormal Line Extensions

 

1.   Right-of-Way Clearing – All right of way clearing for new line extensions will be cleared by the Cooperative. The cost for clearing rights of way will be considered in the calculations for any contribution in aid of construction. If, the Applicant so chooses, the Applicant can clear the right of way or have it cleared on his behalf to the Cooperative’s specifications. When the Applicant chooses this option, those costs will not be a part of the calculations to determine any required contribution in aid of construction.

 

2.   Abnormal Construction – Abnormal construction costs are incurred when physical obstacles or adverse conditions preclude the use of the Cooperative’s standard construction methods, or extraordinary labor, as determined in the sole discretion of the Cooperative, is necessary to install the Cooperative’s facilities to serve the Applicant. Abnormal Construction includes (but is not limited to) the following conditions: the composition of the land where underground facilities are to be installed is such that the Cooperative’s standard construction equipment cannot be used to complete the installation, or extraordinary labor is required to perform the installation; special equipment and materials are needed for stream crossing structures or concrete structures; explosives are required; or additional cost will be incurred by the Cooperative in order to comply with requirements, if any, of a municipality, county, State and/or Federal agency or department regarding the replacement of pavement, ditching, or compaction, backfilling or other related conditions. Also, when it is necessary to install underground facilities under existing streets, sidewalks, patios, or other paved areas, the Member shall contribute the additional costs attributed to said installation.

 

3.   Abnormal Design – Abnormal design costs are incurred when the Member requests facilities or construction methods that exceed the Cooperative’s standard engineering design practices and/or the standard design for normal service for a specific Member. Where abnormal installation costs are incurred by the Cooperative, the Member shall, in addition to any other charges contained in this Plan, pay for the excess costs incurred by the Cooperative.

4.   Obstructions – The party requesting the Cooperative’s distribution facilities to be installed shall remove all obstructions from the route along which the Cooperative’s underground facilities are to be installed, and provide continuing access to the Cooperative for operation, maintenance or replacement of these facilities. The Cooperative shall not be responsible for any damage to any shrubs, trees, grass or any other foliage or property caused by the Cooperative’s equipment during installation, maintenance or replacement of the Cooperative’s facilities. The Member shall be responsible for all such items, and for filling, reseeding, resodding or otherwise completing the trench cover. The Cooperative shall not be responsible for the repair or replacement of any underground facilities on the Member’s premises damaged during the installation of the Cooperative’s facilities, unless, prior to the Cooperative’s construction, the Member clearly identified the location of such facilities. The party requesting the Cooperative’s distribution facilities shall install conduit specified by the Cooperative in locations where underground conductors will cross underneath paved areas when paving is completed prior to the installation of the Cooperative’s underground conductors.

Rate schedules effective May 31, 2016                                                                                                                                 

Schedule of Charges and Requirements effective May 31, 2016

Line extension policy effective December 19, 2005